The Gaudete Centre, Brisbane

The Gaudete Centre is located on the top floor of the Mercy Building. One of The Gaudete Centre’s most impressive features is a balcony that provides a breakout space for guests to enjoy the 270-degree views of Moreton Island and the bay, the airport, the Port of Brisbane, the city skyline, Mt Coot-tha and the D'aguilar Range. It was modelled somewhat as an "Oculus", being an outward-looking "eye across the region.

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About the venue

The state-of-the-art function centre can be configured in multiple formats to accommodate formal meetings and external events such as conferences, award ceremonies, lectures, formal sit-down lunches/dinners and cocktail functions.

The term ‘gaudete’ comes from the Latin verb gaudere, meaning ‘you all rejoice’. The notion of rejoicing has been central to the theology of His Holiness, Pope Francis, alongside the concept of mercy, for which the Mercy Building itself is named. The Gaudete Centre is a place that rejoices in gifts and celebrates the concrete particularity of each person and an embodiment of that unfolding possibility that is the true purpose of an education within a Catholic university.

The Gaudete Centre is managed by The Office of the Vice-Chancellor and President and is available for internal and external bookings. 

What's on offer

The Gaudete Centre is equipped with the following facilities:

  • 270-degree expansive views and plenty of natural light
  • flexible meeting configurations
  • a boardroom
  • lobby for registration table
  • videoconference facilities
  • teleconference facilities
  • a large bar and fully equipped kitchen
  • tea and coffee facilities with a Nespresso machine
  • a dedicated functions coordinator.
  • functions coordinator

The Gaudete Centre has a preferred list of suppliers for catering and event needs. We request customers to select suppliers from the following list only. These suppliers are familiar with the venue, its capabilities and equipment. Please note all supplier arrangements are at the responsibility of customers. The Gaudete Centre does not take responsibility for any supplier arrangement.


Australian Catering Services
(07) 3857 6631

Kathy Heath Events
0412 537 715

Ecco Brisbane

Flatcap Espresso
(07) 3267 0672


Romantica Floral Design (Anna Boersma)
0402 662 926

Northside Flower Market
(07) 3856 4711

Décor, Lighting, theming, styling, set up

Valiant Events (Georgia Butler)
(07) 3859 8500 / 0401 284 215

Staging Dimensions
(07) 3350 1144

AV Equipment

Microhire (Peter Werner)
(07) 3736 1233

Select Audio Visual Hire
(07) 3177 2585


Parsley Creative

All clients must disclose in full how they intend to use the venue.
The University reserves the right to decline or cancel any booking request at any time if there is reasonable cause to believe the use of the venue may:

  • compromise the safety or wellbeing of staff, students, facilities or cultural and community assets
  • incite violence or discrimination in any form
  • damage the University’s property or reputation
  • breach any laws
  • interrupt the core activities of the University or otherwise create unwarranted disturbance to the amenity of the campus.

The University will not hire venues to external clients for any of the following types of events:

  • events that promote the use of alcohol or tobacco
  • events that promote the armaments or sex industries
  • events in which a person involved as a presenter, attendee or organiser is likely to cause a risk to the safety of speakers, visitors or the University community
  • events likely to interrupt the core activities of the University or otherwise create unwarranted disturbance to the amenity of the campus
  • events held by organisations which falsely misrepresent their purpose or services
  • events that conflict with the University’s mission and values.

The University reserves the right not to provide a reason for cancellations, rejections or changes to a booking request for an external client.

The University reserves the right to monitor events at any time, whether for external clients or otherwise.

External clients who hire a University venue are responsible for the cost of any damage to the venue or to any University property within the venue that occurs during the hire period.
As a condition of hire, external clients are required to hold their own public liability insurance policy to a (minimum) limit of liability of $10,000,000, as they are not covered by the University’s insurance. The University may ask for a copy of the certificate of currency at any time.


Cancellations are required at least 5 business days prior to the event date.

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